The Australian Sailing and Cruising Club is a social boating club for people of Diverse Gender and Sexuality (DGS) in Sydney and across Australia. We welcome boats and boaters of all types – sail, power, dinghy, windsurf, kite, kayak – if it floats, you’re welcome to join in! Rowing and Dragonboating are the exception sports, however both of these are well served by other DGS clubs.
The Club is based in Sydney and organises regular events (approximately monthly) during the year both on the water and the land. Guests and visitors to Sydney are welcome – you don’t have to own a boat to be a member.
Our Social meetings are held on the third Tuesday of each month, at the Strand Hotel (99 William St, Darlinghurst), commencing at ~7:30pm. All are welcome. The restaurant is licensed. December is an exception for both date and location, TBA each year.
Note also, that if the weather is good on other weekends, there is a decent chance that some member’s will be taking their boats out for an “unofficial” event, usually planned last minute, once forecasts are available. Once you get to know some boat-owner members, there are good opportunities for more on-water relaxation.
While the ASCC does not regularly run yacht-racing, many of our members either currently do with other clubs or have done so in the past. ASCC was fundamental to Sailing being added in 2002 to the 4-yearly Gay Games, organised through the Federation of Gay Games, and ASCC members have participated in all games since then.
The next Gay Games also includes Sailing. While which specific types of sailing (e.g. with and without spinnaker, centreboard or keelboats, windsurfing perhaps) have not yet been detailed by the host city, the near proximity as the first GG in Asia means this is a great opportunity for those with enough experience and interest to be involved. In past GG events, there have been both competitive (with spinnaker) and non-competitive classes, so this is likely to remain. More information will be posted as it becomes available, but some is already on the event’s own website https://www.gaygameshk2022.com
Dale Collings from Melbourne, with fellow ASCC member Neil Cossor and two local crew (Elad and Hallie) had an overwhelming lead – winning ten out of twelve races entered, and then they were second in those they didn’t win.
Full results here